The mid-size sedan segment is fresher and more competitive than it has ever been. Just recently the Chevrolet Malibu, the Toyota Camry, Nissan Maxima, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion have been significantly redesigned. It is in this highly competitive atmosphere that Mazda launches the new 6 sedan.
Fortunately, it has the goods to compete. Undoubtedly it has one of the most stylish exterior designs in the segment, as well as having competitive powertrain setup. It is a breath of fresh air compared to the previous generation Mazda6. Until now we have heard that the 2014 Mazda6 would be very efficient but we haven’t had any official data.
In advance of the Environmental Protections Agency’s official mpg numbers, Autoblog has gotten ahold of the vehicle’s “Display Vehicle Playbook” from an anonymous source. From it we learned that the car will return 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. These numbers are some of the best in the segment, save for the nearly-identical 2013 Nissan Altima. The 6’s 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder makes 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque according to the AB report. This is the lone engine choice for the moment.
If you will remember though, Mazda announced the upcoming availability 2.2 liter Skyactiv – D diesel engine. If the 6 is posting these kinds of numbers with a gas engine, we can only imagine what it will get with a diesel engine. Given that only Volkswagon offers diesel in a mid-size sedan, this is going to make the 6 a real stand-out. Mazda is planning a huge push for the car next year, and AB reports that hundreds of new models are on dealer lots already. Given that the car is a 2014 model though, they are unable to be driven or sold until the beginning of the year. The 6’s official sale date is January 2nd. Given that the last few days of December see some of the best showroom traffic, Mazda wants to capitalize on that by having the new 6 available for people to see.